Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Liberal Democrats and Suicide Bombers

As I noted recently Jenny Tonge, the former Liberal Democrat front-bencher who was sacked for saying she might become a suicide bomber if she were a Palestinian, had just been made a Baroness in the House of Lords. She was nominated for the position by Charles Kennedy.

When Tonge made her comments there was an obvious uproar. In stating that she might become a suicide bomber, she did not merely mean that she might blow herself up for a cause- as more than one critic has pointed out, the term "homicide bomber" is a more apt description- she was advocating killing Israelis. And more often than not, the victims of these attacks are Israeli civilians, women and children. In essence then, what Jenny Tonge was saying is that if she were a Palestinian, she too might murder Israeli citizens.

Charles Kennedy said- “"Her recent remarks about suicide bombers are completely unacceptable. They are not compatible with Liberal Democrat party policies and principles. There can be no justification, under any circumstances for taking innocent lives through terrorism."

Despite this statement, Kennedy now supports Tonge for her new position. As I said, I emailed the Liberal Democrats about this issue (on May 11th). I have received no reply and so today I sent them another email to question them on the matter. Their reply will be posted here if/when I receive it.

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